New season, new side of Stanford
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Coming down I-95 from New Haven after playing Yale to open the regular season Friday, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer took note when the team bus passed the World Wrestling Entertainment headquarters, which sits obtrusively next to the roadway as one of the few landmarks along a stretch of urban congestion.
They even introduced a new leading character for the basketball world in freshman Kayla Pedersen, who finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and at least half a dozen key plays in her second college game."It was a battle," VanDerveer said. "I'm really proud of our team for coming in and sticking with things. It was a little ragged, but I think that's because Rutgers makes you play that way. At the beginning, I thought Kayla really kept us in the game." Most of the 4,307 fans in attendance at the Louis Brown Athletic Center left the building feeling as though the villains -- in the form of the referees as much as the visiting Cardinal -- had deprived them of the happy ending they expected. After Pedersen rebounded Essence Carson's errant 3-pointer in the closing seconds and passed the ball to Wiggins, Epiphanny Prince was whistled for a reach-in foul after she swiped at the ball. There seemed to be little doubt as Wiggins' arms went skyward that Prince had connected with something, but there was also little doubt that similar plays go unpunished on a regular basis in the final tenths of seconds with the offensive player more than half a court from the basket.
-- ESPN.com's Graham Hays
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